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Ichi -- Beautiful Ichi wanders blindly from village to village, searching for the sightless swordsman who long ago taught her to kill. Her technique is exquisite and explosive, her defenses as impenetrable as the darkness in which she moves. Many along her solitary path are touched – some by the sound of her delicate music, others by the edge of her lethal blade.
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Director:
Writers:
Kan Shimozawa (story) and
Taeko Asano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains. | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
sometimes shines, but mostly clunky See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Haruka Ayase ... Ichi

Shidô Nakamura ... Banki
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Toraji Shirakawa
Takao Ohsawa ... Toma Fujihira
Gô Rijû ... Kihachi

Mayumi Sada ... Mitsu
Tetsuo Yamashita
Ayumu Saitô
Toru Tezuka
Kumiko Tsuchiya
Shirô Namiki ... Kataoka
Tetta Sugimoto ... Blind man
Megumi Yokoyama ... Toma's mother
Eri Watanabe ... Ohama
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Akira Emoto ... Chobei Shirakawa
Yûto Nakano
Shôichirô Masumoto
Ryôsuke Shima ... Kotaro
Katsuya
Kôji Motegi
Yuuki Natsusaka
Kotarô Tomomitsu
Kôichi Taniguchi
Kenji Yoshioka
Issei Okihara ... Ushitora
Yasuomi Sano

Mitsuki Koga ... Jako
Ryûki Kitaoka
Tadashi Oiwa
Usagi Kôno ... Blind Vaudevillian
Yukina Kashiwa ... Young Ichi
Kazuma Chiba ... Young Toma
Wakako Matsuzaka ... Blind Vaudevillian
Reita Serizawa
Toshiki Masuda ... Thug
Masaki Katô
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Endô
Daishirô Hano
Horiken
Yoshihiro Ishizuka
Eiko Kotake ... Blind Vaudevillian
Hiroki Matsukata
Masaaki Nagae
Riki Takeuchi
R. Bruce Elliott ... Chobei Shirakawa (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Todd Haberkorn ... Toraji (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Lau ... Blind Vaudevillian (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Mullins ... Villager (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Brina Palencia ... Ichi (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Brandon Potter ... Thug (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Christopher Sabat ... Gambling Thug (voice: English version) (uncredited)
J. Michael Tatum ... Banki (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kent Williams ... Banki's Follower (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fumihiko Sori 
 
Writing credits
Kan Shimozawa  story and characters and
Taeko Asano  screenplay

Produced by
Nobuhiro Azuma .... producer
Yoshitaka Hori .... producer
Yoshio Irie .... producer
Sumio Kiga .... producer
Hiroyoshi Koiwai .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Yûji Shimamoto .... producer
Yasushi Umemura .... producer
Takeshi Yamaoka .... producer
Kôji Yoshida .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Edwards 
Lisa Gerrard 
 
Cinematography by
Keiji Hashimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mototaka Kusakabe 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Sasaki 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hiroshi Soejima .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Adrian Cook .... sound re-recording mixer
Koji Kasamatsu .... sound effects (as Kôji Kasamatsu)
 
Visual Effects by
Tadao Matsuno .... visual effects supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, and brief sexuality
Runtime:
120 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2009) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Japan:PG-12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45593)
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Version of Zatoichi (2003)See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
sometimes shines, but mostly clunky, 3 June 2011
Author: trcky1 from United States

I had totally forgotten about Zatoichi until I saw some of the other reviews. But there were no similarities btw the two films, and I don't think there were supposed to be either. So this film stands on its own merits (or lack thereof).

Ichi starts off kind of weak, with some hokey dialogue. But the hokey dialogue does play off as somewhat endearing btw Toma, the insecure samurai trainee and Ichi, the cold and bleak musician. The story and the relationship btw Toma and Ichi are developed decently, so we are kept interested in the movie throughout. However, the film's pacing is rather clunky and some of the symbolic imagery and the profound dialogue isn't set up well and comes across rather forced. It's almost as if the director is making up for plot holes by inserting random bits of poetic images and dialogue that aren't set up well and don't make that much sense.

The action is more or less decent, but the climactic fight scenes are too short and simplistic. All in all, it's not a great action film, not a great romance, and not a great drama, although it aspires to be all three. It's a film that's OK for killing time with, but I wouldn't set aside any part of your day with it.

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